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AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) vs AMD Radeon RX 540

AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)

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The AMD Radeon RX 550 is mobile mid-range graphics card for laptops based on the Polaris 12 chip . It is manufactured in an improved 14 nm FinFET process at Globalfoundries or Samsung. The Polaris 12 chip (codename Lexa) is a smaller chip than the Polaris 11 and 21 and uses the improved 14nm process that allows higher clock rates than the first generation (Radeon RX 400 series). It features 640 shaders (10 CUs) and (at least in the Pavilion 15t) all cores are activated in the mobile version (where 512 are activated in the desktop RX 550).

According to the specified peak performance, the chip should be similar fast as a Radeon Pro 455 in the MacBook Pro 2016. In our tests it reaches the Radeon Pro 455 and bests the Nvidia GeForce MX150, but stays behind the GeForce GTX 1050.

The features of the Radeon RX 550 are identical to the faster RX 460 and all other Polaris chips. See more details on the Polaris architecture here.

The power envelope of the faster Radeon Pro 460 is rated at 35 Watt according to the AMD blog post. In our tests with The Witcher 3, the GPU needed in the Pavilion 15t 80 Watt and positiones itself between the much more power efficient MX150 and the GTX 1050.

AMD Radeon RX 540

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The AMD Radeon RX 540 is mobile mid-range graphics card for laptops based on the Polaris 12 chip (most likely). It is manufactured in an improved 14 nm FinFET process at Globalfoundries. The performance should be between the Radeon Pro 450 and 455 in the MacBook Pro 2016 range that is also based on the Polaris architecture. AMD specifies the RX 450 at 1.2 TFLOPS (Pro 450 1 TFLOP, Pro 455 1.3 TFLOPs). Compared to Nvidia graphics cards, the gaming performance should be between the GeForce GTX 950M and GTX 960M.

The features of the Radeon RX 540 are identical to the faster RX 460 and all other Polaris chips. See more details on the Polaris architecture here.

The power envelope of the faster Radeon Pro 460 is rated at 35 Watt according to the AMD blog post. Due to the slower specs, the Radeon RX 540 use slightly less.

AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)AMD Radeon RX 540
Radeon RX 500 Series
Radeon RX 590 compare 2304 @ 1.47 - 1.55 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 580 compare 2304 @ 1.26 - 1.34 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 570 compare 2048 @ 1.17 - 1.24 GHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 580 (Laptop) compare 2304 @ 1.08 GHz
Radeon RX 570 (Laptop) compare 2048 @ 0.93 - 1.21 GHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop) compare 1024 @ 1.17 - 1.28 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) compare 1024 @ 1.09 - 1.29 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) 640 @ 1.29 - 1.48 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540X compare 512 @ 1.22 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540 512 @ 1.22 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 590 compare 2304 @ 1.47 - 1.55 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 580 compare 2304 @ 1.26 - 1.34 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 570 compare 2048 @ 1.17 - 1.24 GHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 580 (Laptop) compare 2304 @ 1.08 GHz
Radeon RX 570 (Laptop) compare 2048 @ 0.93 - 1.21 GHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop) compare 1024 @ 1.17 - 1.28 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) compare 1024 @ 1.09 - 1.29 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) 640 @ 1.29 - 1.48 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540X compare 512 @ 1.22 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540 512 @ 1.22 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenamePolaris 12Polaris 12
ArchitecturePolarisPolaris
Pipelines640 - unified512 - unified
Core Speed1287 - 1476 (Boost) MHz1219 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed6000 MHz6000 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4 GB4 GB
Shared Memorynono
APIDirectX 12, OpenGL VulkanDirectX 12, OpenGL Vulkan
Power Consumption50 Watt75 Watt
technology14 nm14 nm
FeaturesDisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready, HDMI 2.0, AMD FreeSyncDisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready, HDMI 2.0, AMD FreeSync
Notebook Sizelargelarge
Date of Announcement21.03.2017 21.03.2017
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/en/products/graphics/...http://www.amd.com/en/products/graphics/...

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
10.9 pt (12%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - Radeon RX 540
8.9 pt (10%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 1302     avg: 1410     median: 1410 (7%)     max: 1518 Points
min: 643     avg: 869     median: 869 (5%)     max: 1095 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 1170     avg: 1281     median: 1280.5 (6%)     max: 1391 Points
min: 566     avg: 787     median: 787 (4%)     max: 1008 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
239256 Points (32%)
138197 Points (18%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 89329     avg: 111552     median: 111552 (15%)     max: 133774 Points
67875 Points (9%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 8755     avg: 13374     median: 13493 (16%)     max: 17753 Points
min: 9431     avg: 12236     median: 12853.5 (16%)     max: 13804 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 17423     avg: 23661     median: 23049.5 (9%)     max: 31120 Points
min: 18704     avg: 23165     median: 24170 (10%)     max: 25616 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 2516     avg: 3379     median: 3248.5 (8%)     max: 4502 Points
min: 2495     avg: 3053     median: 3059 (8%)     max: 3488 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 2874     avg: 3806     median: 3645 (7%)     max: 5060 Points
min: 3242     avg: 3623     median: 3686 (7%)     max: 3876 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 106689     avg: 133221     median: 133221 (18%)     max: 159753 Points
min: 83467     avg: 89575     median: 89574.5 (12%)     max: 95682 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 4474     avg: 5408     median: 5226 (11%)     max: 6707 Points
min: 3783     avg: 4673     median: 4664 (9%)     max: 5273 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 1619     avg: 4554     median: 4559 (7%)     max: 6589 Points
min: 4443     avg: 4699     median: 4646 (7%)     max: 4983 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon RX 540
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. total
min: 12248     avg: 13720     median: 13719.5 (11%)     max: 15191 Points
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon RX 540
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX
min: 11597     avg: 12907     median: 12906.5 (10%)     max: 14216 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
48274 Points (25%)
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
20313 Points (28%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
3DMark 06
23308 Points (35%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon RX 540
min: 14964     avg: 16481     median: 15818 (24%)     max: 18661 Points
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
19.3 fps (8%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
31.2 fps (10%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 OpenGL
17.3 fps (8%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
min: 31.9     avg: 39.8     median: 39.8 (7%)     max: 47.6 fps
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD Radeon RX 540
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit)
min: 8002     avg: 9285     median: 9285 (39%)     max: 10568 Points
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit
86.4 fps (31%)
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 540
min: 70.1     avg: 86.4     median: 94 (34%)     max: 95 fps
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit
min: 56.2     avg: 71.9     median: 67.1 (18%)     max: 97.2 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 540
min: 72.7     avg: 76.8     median: 76.4 (21%)     max: 81.1 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit
98 % (98%)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 540
98 % (98%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
29.1 fps (1%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
31.8 fps (0%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
743 Samples/s (3%)
min: 414     avg: 430.5     median: 430.5 (2%)     max: 447 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
1609 Samples/s (3%)
min: 811     avg: 858     median: 858 (2%)     max: 905 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
921 Points (2%)
min: 990     avg: 1565     median: 998 (2%)     max: 2708 Points
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 57.5     avg: 58.2     median: 58.2 (8%)     max: 58.8 Watt
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 43.8     avg: 62.2     median: 62.2 (14%)     max: 80.5 Watt
min: 68.1     avg: 68.6     median: 68.6 (15%)     max: 69.1 Watt
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra Power Efficiency
0.3 Points per Watt (0%)
0.1 Points per Watt (0%)
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra Power Efficiency - external Monitor
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Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) → 100% n=18

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon RX 540 → 84% n=18

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Ghostwire Tokyo

Ghostwire Tokyo

2022
low 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
24.3 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
23.1 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
21.7 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
21.6 fps  fps
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

2022
low 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
17.4  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
8.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
5.4  fps
Elex 2

Elex 2

2022
low 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
12.6 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
5.5 fps  fps
low 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
24.6  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
18.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
15.8  fps
low 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
13.5 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
10.3 fps  fps
low 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
13.5 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
4.8 fps  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
35  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
13  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
10  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
27  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
13  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
10  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
8  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
66.1 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
19.6 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
14.2 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
13.9 fps  fps
Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6

2021
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
3.4 fps  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
8.3 fps  fps
Deathloop

Deathloop

2021
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
fps  fps
F1 2021

F1 2021

2021
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
57.1  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
18.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
14.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
9.5  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
53.4 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
35.3 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
31.6 fps  fps
Days Gone

Days Gone

2021
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
20.7 fps  fps
Outriders

Outriders

2021
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
42.4 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
15.8 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
12.4 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
9.5 fps  fps
Hitman 3

Hitman 3

2021
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
31.3  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
14.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
10.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
9.5  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
38 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
12.1 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
11.7 fps  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
17  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
8  fps
Dirt 5

Dirt 5

2020
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
25.6  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
8.1  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
20.3 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
9.5 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
7.9 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
3.7 fps  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
52.6 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
23.3 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
3.6 fps  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
15  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
9  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
22.2 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
11 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
10.4 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
10.2 fps  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
76.5  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
27.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
19.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
11.6  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
14.2 fps  fps
Control

Control

2019
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
37.8 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
10.2 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
6.9 fps  fps
Anno 1800

Anno 1800

2019
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 540:
54  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
18  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
11  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
50  fps
112%
Radeon RX 540:
56  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
21  fps
186%
Radeon RX 540:
39  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
12  fps
308%
Radeon RX 540:
37  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
6  fps
133%
Radeon RX 540:
8  fps
Anthem

Anthem

2019
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 540:
24  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
20  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
17  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 540:
40  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
18  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
17  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
16  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
8.1  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
6.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
4.9  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 540:
63  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
31  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
29  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
21  fps
Hitman 2

Hitman 2

2018
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 540:
29  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
18  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
12  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
8  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 540:
55  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
26  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
21  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 540:
16  fps
Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade

2018
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
71.6 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
28.1 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
23.8 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
16.1 fps